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This article is about a/an ranger and mentor in Power Rangers Jungle Fury.


"With the courage of a wolf ~ Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger!"
―RJ's roll call[src]

Robert "RJ" James is the Jungle Fury Rangers's mentor. He later becomes Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger or simply Wolf Ranger of the Jungle Fury Rangers. He is the owner of the Jungle Karma Pizzeria and practices martial arts privately.

He is later retroactively referred to as Jungle Fury Purple Ranger though this is in reference to the show and his color as opposed to being a proper label.

Biography

Early Life

RJ in his pizzeria.

RJ was born the son of Pai Zhua Master Finn, but never felt that his father's Shark Style fit him. This led to a rift between him and his demanding father, with RJ eventually going off and finding another master to teach him. At some point in his training to become a master himself, he was mentored by Master Swoop, who taught him his "Swoop Technique," which involved fighting blind. He was also friends with Dominic Hargan, and acquainted with fellow student Jarrod. In addition to becoming a master, he also opened Jungle Karma Pizza

Jungle Fury

Meeting his students

"I think it's time for your first lesson. Can't judge a book by its cover."
―Robert James[src]

After his death, Master Mao sent three new students that he himself selected to counter the looming threat of Dai Shi. The students make their way into the Jungle Karma pizza parlor and meet RJ, who hires them until they wait for their master. When an army of Rinshi attack the city and the students get beaten, RJ steps in, revealing that he was the master they were looking for, he defeats the monster and gives the students their Solar Morphers so they can fight the Dai Shi, making them the new Power Rangers.

One Master Too Many

RJ faces Dai Shi for the first time.

When Casey felt like he needed a new master, RJ started to feel insecure and very defensive, questioning why would he need a new master when he already has him. After his father, Master Finn, came back to teach Casey the shark technique, RJ's self loathing grew more and more as his skills were questioned. Rj later has a talk with Casey, where he explains the relationship with his dad, how he wanted a different path than his father and how their relationship broke after he went to look for a new master to train.

After this, his father was losing a fight against Dai Shi, but RJ steps in, claiming that if he messes with his dad he messes with him, RJ manages to draw out Dai Shi with his Wolf Spirit (while at the same time, revealing him to his dad for the first time) and makes him run away while yelling that this wasn't the end. Master Finn then tells RJ that he's very proud of him and he's later seen taking a cooking lesson from his son, as their relationship started to heal.

Wolf Ranger

"Maybe I can give you the challenge you're looking for."
―RJ morphin into the Wolf Ranger for the first time[src]

RJ becomes the Wolf Ranger.

Once, he sacrificed himself to be captured in place of the Rangers. Dai Shi uses this time to attempt to steal the Wolf Spirit. He fails to take it but derails the spirit so badly that RJ experiences a period of time when he uncontrollably becomes his animal form. Later on, Fran is able to help him keep it at bay and he decides to use a secret item he's been keeping, the Wolf Morpher, and becomes the Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger.

For a time his presence on the team threatened Casey, who had become the team's leader, but RJ helped him realize that the Wolf was merely there to support him. As the Wolf Ranger, RJ aided his students in battle with the Overlords, during which time they were joined by his old friend Dominic. The Overlords sent an evil spirit to disrupt RJ's connection with his Wolf Spirit again, but he was rescued by the efforts of Flit, a human warrior turned into a fly by Dai Shi's lieutenant Camille

The Rangers training.

RJ had previously saved Flit from being buried under debris during a previous battle, and Flit attempted to aid his newfound friend. Dominic soon joined the team as the Rhino Ranger, and they defeated Overlords Carnisoar and Grizzaka only to be forced to contend with the Phantom Beasts. These villains succeeded in capturing Masters Finn, Swoop and Phant, whose animal spirits were used to create the Spirit Rangers. At the urging of his imprisoned father, RJ created a means of destroying the Shark Ranger, which left Finn imprisoned in one of the Phantom Beasts' Crystal Eyes. Fortunately, Flit managed to recover the eye, and Finn had anticipated this situation and prepared a means for RJ to release him. The two then saved Swoop and Phant from captivity, allowing the Spirit Rangers to join RJ and his teammates in battle. 

Final fight against Dai Shi

RJ during the final battle

Some time later, RJ led his students back to the Pai Zhua monastery to take their mastery exams: facing Masters Phant, Swoop, and Finn in battle. Lily and Theo passed their tests and earned their master stripes, but Casey failed due to his lack of self-confidence. When he approached RJ for further training, RJ informed him that he had taught Casey everything that he needed to know; Casey subsequently realized that he needed to follow his own heart and passed the test. RJ joined his fellow Jungle Fury Rangers in the final battle, taking on Naja, Rantipede, and Gakko of the Five Fingers of Poison. Following Dai Shi's destruction, he returned to his normal life at Jungle Karma Pizza, though with changes to the staff as Casey took over the Pai Zhua monastery, Dominic and Fran left to go on a backpacking trip across Europe, and RJ hired a restored-to-human-form Flit.

Super Megaforce

RJ reunited with Lily and Casey in the Legendary Battle.

RJ returned with his fellow Jungle Fury Rangers as part of the army of Legendary Rangers that helped the Mega Rangers defeat the Armada once and for all, fighting in a huge battle against hundreds of X Borgs and dozens of Bruisers. Legendary Battle

The Wolf Ranger does in fact show up during the final battle during the Legendary Megaforce Battle. Twice in the group and once only as a flash of purple during the actual fight.Legend War.edited


Family

Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger

Ranger Costume

The Wolf Ranger is the first Jungle Fury Ranger named not by color but by the spirit he carries. He uses a variety of martial arts technique, most notably a stylized form of Muay Thai. His Ranger suit is radically different from the other Rangers and is specially designed with armor on the elbows and knees. He retains the Wolf Morpher when in suit and uses it as a blaster.

Zords

Arsenal

Appearances: JF Episodes 16-25, 27-32, SM 20 & LBEV


Animal Form

RJ was originally unable to control his animal spirit and it subdued and overtook him.


Legendary Ranger Devices

The Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger Key.

The Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger Key is RJ's personal Ranger Key. This key along with the majority of the Core Ranger Keys are seen lining the Command Center's interior walls. This key is mainly used by Jake Holling (Super Megaforce Green) who uses it to fight as Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger.


Jungle Fury Dino Charger

The Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger is one of the Rangers that represent the Jungle Fury Rangers for the Jungle Fury Dino Charger, released as part of a special set of Dino Charger Power Packs. In Jungle Fury's case, it featured the Jungle Fury Red Ranger, the Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger, the Jungle Pride Megazord, and the Jungle Fury title. This Charger was paired with the Mystic Force Dino Charger.


Behind the scenes

Robert is played by David de Lautour. His suit actor in US footage is Kōji Mimura.

Notes

RJ's name in a children's book

  • RJ is the first official Purple Ranger, followed by Albert Smith and Kendall Morgan, the Purple Rangers from Power Rangers Dino Charge.
  • RJ is the second Wolf Ranger to become a werewolf-like creature before gaining his Ranger powers, the first being Merrick Baliton.
  • RJ has said he likes to give his opponents parting words that will leave them confused/thinking of their meaning.
  • According to RJ "everything is better with bananas" hence his creation of the banana pizza.
  • He is the only Jungle Fury Ranger that didn't become a Ranger in his debut.
  • He is also the only Purple Ranger in the Disney era, and by extend, main Power Rangers dimension.
  • RJ's name, Robert James was revealed in a PRJF Kids' Book. The book is notable for reiterating Lily and Theo's last names but remaining mum about Casey's.
  • RJ's Wolf Technique is based on Muay Thai kickboxing with emphasis on creative techniques involving elbow and knee strikes.
  • RJ seems to have a Miyagi-method of teaching (as seen in The Karate Kid), using random chores as a way of teaching martial arts, such as "wax on, wax off", much like the character in the movie, Keisuke Miyagi.
  • He is also the second non-Green/Black Ranger to be apart of the core team after Hunter Bradley.
  • RJ (The Wolf Ranger) is the first Jungle Fury Ranger named not by color but by the spirit he carries, the next is Dominic Hargan (The Rhino Ranger.)
  • RJ is the first and so far only Power Ranger not to have any primary or secondary weapons. The only item in his arsenal is his Morpher making him the only Ranger not to use any special weapons but rather depend purely on hand-to-hand combat
  • RJ is the only Purple Ranger thus far to serve as second-in-command.
  • RJ is similar to Hayley and Tommy from Dino Thunder as he is both a restaurant owner and mentor to the Rangers.

Similarities to Merrick Baliton

  • Both have wolf-motifs
  • Both transformed into werewolf-like monsters after fighting against the enemy.
    • However, the time they spent as such monsters were vastly different.
  • Both of their main Zords can be used as a replacement limb on a Megazord.
  • Both of their main Zords have detachable tails which can be used as boomerang-like weapons.
  • Both have Morphers modeled on a wolf's head and are worn on their respective Ranger's wrist.
  • Both have 3 Zords each.
  • Both have never been referred to their colors in Ranger form.

Appearances


See Also

Other Rangers
Identities
KatRJPhillipAlbertKendall

Secondary Rangers
BoomKoraggLeanbowNick

Power Sets
S.P.D. Shadow RangerS.P.D. Orange RangerS.P.D. Kat RangerKnight WolfJungle Fury Wolf Ranger
Dino Charge Graphite RangerDino Charge Purple Ranger

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